Breaking: Clare Waight Keller is exiting Givenchy after three years
After three years at Givenchy, Clare Waight Keller is departing the brand as its artistic director. Her exit was announced at the end of her initial contract, according to WWD. The British designer, who previously helmed the creative director role at Chloé, joined the French Maison in March 2017 and was the brand's first woman artistic director since its establishment in 1952. Givenchy made international waves in 2018 when she designed Meghan Markle’s wedding gown for her royal nuptials.
"After three truly wonderful years, the time has come to close my chapter at Givenchy.
"As the first woman to be the Artistic Director of this legendary Maison, I feel honoured to have been given the opportunity to cherish its legacy and bring it new life.
"Focusing on a world based on Haute Couture has been one of the highlights of my professional journey. I have shared so many incredible moments with the brilliant Givenchy ateliers and design teams: your exceptional talent and dedication will forever remain in my memories.
"My heartfelt thanks go out to each of the unsung heroes and heroines behind the scenes, for their contribution from product to communications and retail, and every global team member, partner and supplier in between.
"Without all of you, I could not have brought my vision for Givenchy to life in such a beautiful way. I am now looking forward to embarking on the next episode. Love and creativity remain central to what I do, and who I am, as does a heartfelt belief in kindness, and the courage to be true to your art.
"See you soon, and most importantly, stay safe ❤️
While no replacement has yet to be announced, Givenchy said that it would reveal a new “creative organisation” at a later date.
Stay tuned for updates.